House Democrats’ plate remains full as fall 2019 proceeds, thanks in large part to the endless parade of belligerent behavior from the Trump White House. This Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) addressed some ongoing issues at a press conference, where she fiercely defended House Democrats’ position as they proceed with an impeachment inquiry. President Donald Trump has repeatedly flipped out over the slightest excuse of a provocation from Dems, but Pelosi insisted that they will keep proceeding with their “patriotic” duty to defend the integrity of the U.S. government — including from Trump.
As she explained the situation:
‘None of us came to Congress to impeach a president. That’s not what we came here to do, and any such actions are to be taken very solemnly and seriously and in my view prayerfully. It isn’t a unifying thing for the country to have to go through this, but we do have to honor our oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, our democracy, and our republic — as Benjamin Franklin said, a republic, if we can keep it. It is our fight to keep it… It’s about patriotism for our country.’
They launched their impeachment inquiry following revelations about Trump attempting to get Ukraine to cough up dirt on the Bidens that could be politically useful should Trump face former Vice President Joe Biden in the 2020 general election. Trump has railed against the inquiry every step of the way, insisting at one point recently (through White House counsel Pat Cipollone) that he would not comply with any aspect of it. This week was packed with testimony from current and former officials anyway.
This week also saw yet another attempted meeting between the president and Democrats devolve into Trump spouting off and the meeting shutting down early thanks to his meltdowns.
Trump, of course, refused yet again to admit even the slightest hint of wrongdoing on his part, but the evidence remains — as reporter Sarah Mimms explains it:
‘Schumer, Pelosi, and Hoyer said Trump also told them that “some of ISIS were communists” and “that might make you happy.” Said some members stayed to ask Trump about Syria/Turkey. But as Hoyer put it: “The meeting deteriorated into a diatribe” & “very offensive accusations”‘
This Thursday, Pelosi shared that at that meeting:
‘I pointed out to the president I had concerns that all roads seem to lead to Putin. The Russians have been trying to get a foothold in the Middle East for a very long time unsuccessfully, and now the president has given them that opportunity with the Kurds reaching out to them for support in Syria. The Russians were the beneficiaries of any withholding of assistance or encouragement to the Ukraine. Again, Putin benefits.’
Trump didn’t take the criticism well — at all. He has shown no indication of remorse for abruptly withdrawing U.S. support from Syria’s Kurdish regions, and as the House Speaker noted, it’s not like he’s truly defending American interests across the board and truly “bringing the troops home.” He authorized a new deployment to Saudi Arabia just because the country was paying for it.